There are a lot of reasons we love Phaan Howng, one of the artists in our F.A.G. exhibition Strange Genitals. For starters, she made a giant neon dick covered in vagina-like orifices full of tiny penis teeth. She also strapped it to the hood of her car and drove it Brooklyn from her studio in Baltimore, along with the work of two other artists, when we had a logistical problem due to a family emergency. Phaan is a trooper.
That’s evidenced by her election story. She’s registered in Florida, but has been in Baltimore to attend grad school at MICA. When she realized she missed the deadline for an absentee ballot, she flew down to her hometown just to cast her vote in person. Considering how close the election was there, it’s pretty admirable.
So Phaan was justifiably pissed off when her fellow Floridians decided to use their hefty electoral college power to elect Donald Trump, and keep all-around-douchebag Senator Marco Rubio. She posted this GIF to Facebook today, and I think it’s a sentiment we can all relate to—the symbolism of hacking off America’s weird, flacid orange dick is cathartic on several related levels.
Come see Phaan’s own, slightly-less apocalyptic phallus at AICAD in Brooklyn next Wednesday, during Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s artist talk at 7:00 p.m. Or see it in Florida itself, during our restaging of Strange Genitals at SATELLITE during Art Basel Miami Beach! Let’s enjoy Miami Beach while we still can! Given our new government’s environmental policies, it’s likely to disappear a lot faster than we planned. When that happens this GIF is going to seem a lot less funny and much more prescient.